A couple decided it would be a good idea to freak out their child by putting him in a washing machine at a laundromat.

The boy's father lifted the small boy and shoved him into the machine, closing the door, but an auto-lock on the door causes their prank to backfire when the door wouldn't open.

After several moments of panic, a helpful bystander unplugged the machine and finally helped the couple release their son, who only suffered minor injuries from the ordeal.

The video is going viral with nearly 900,000 hits so far.  No word on whether or not CPS got involved in the case.